Monday, September 18, 2017

A Halloween Sampler, Some Spooky Fun

Hi Crafty Friends!
Welcome to this month's framed art sampler. It's all about the spooky fun!


I am so excited about this one! I think it is so cute. And I know everyone is going to have a great time making one in class next week.

So, let's get to the details!

Measurements
Pumpkin Pie background: 9" x  9"
Very Vanilla base: 8" x  8"
Squares, Basic Black: 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" and Very Vanilla: 2 1/8" x 2 1/8" and Spooky Night DSP: 2"x2"
Rectangles, Basic Black: 2 1/4" x 4 3/4" Very Vanilla: 2 1/8" x 4 5/8" and 2 pieces at 1" x 4 5/8"

Now let's check out the different stamp sets and elements used.


The owl is from Spooky Cat, and the branch is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. The moon is the 3/4" circle punch. The letters are our indispensable Large Letters Framelits.


The adorable which hat is from Spooky Cat and the sentiment is from Merry Cafe. And there is a tiny bit of the Vintage Crochet Trim.


This center panel features the Creep It Real set and then these super cute and realistic pumpkins are from Gourd Goodness, no dies, so you'll need to cut them out. The cat is punched from the Spooky Night DSP.


I adore the cute little spooky faces. Seriously, I love them! They're in the Creep it Real set. I colored them with our Stampin' Write Markers, Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Perfect Plum. And don't you love the two fussy cut and popped up faces? Ah! I can't stand the cuteness!
The bottom strip is all from the Spooky Cat set.


The final panel uses the Labels to Love set and the Everyday Label Punch.

Let's take another look at the whole thing again.


Ah! I just love it! 
If you need any help with ordering products or more information on anything, please let me know. I am so happy to help you with your creative needs.

Stay Crafty!








Thursday, September 14, 2017

September's Just Cards Class

Hi Crafty Friends!

Here's a look at the cards we'll be making next week at the Just Cards classes. You have two choices for in person classes, Wednesday the 20th at 7 and Friday the 22nd at 1. Classes are also available to go, contact me for more info.

I've really been enjoying the doubles format for the Just Cards class. We make two each of three cards. And if possible, I will have several options for the greetings.



Let's take a closer look at each set of cards. 
This first set of cards is inspired by The Freshly Made Sketches sketch challenge.



I love a good sketch to inspire me in my creating. You can join in the fun by clicking HERE to see the challenge on the Freshly Made Sketch's blog. This is the sketch I used.



This one was nice and simple and lets the sentiment be the focal point. So I decided to feature the Year of Cheer Speciality DSP. It was suggested to me by one of my class participants that the paper would be great for a wedding card. And I totally agree!


This card has so much sparkle! I embossed the sentiment in copper. The sentiment is from the retired set, For the New Two. There's a tiny strip of Champagne Foil, half a silver doily, a bit of gold washi tape from the Year of Cheer Speciality Washi Tape, and a little twirl of copper thread.

For fun, I did the second card as a baby card! And used a different piece of DSP from the pack.


The cute sentiment is from the Baby Bear stamp set.

Now, take a look at our next sets of cards.


This set of cards uses the Wood Textures DSP Paperstack, and the Colorful Season's Bundle. The Happy Birthday sentiment comes from the Birthday Banners set.


And the final set of cards uses the Falling Flowers stamp set and the coordinating May Flowers Framelits. The sentiments are from two different sets, Balloon Celebration and Feather Together.

Thanks for stopping by, I'm always happy to share some crafting fun.
Stay Crafty!





Wednesday, September 6, 2017

ICS Blog Hop, Brightly Lit Christmas



Hi Crafty Friends!

It's the first Wednesday of the month so it's ICS blog hop time. This month we are featuring products from our new Holiday catalog. It is a lovely catalog full of great products for all of your holiday crafting. If you need a catalog, let me know.

I am show-casing the Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set and the coordinating Christmas Lamppost Thinlits Dies. On my first scroll through the Holiday catalog, this set caught my eye because of the lamppost. The Christmas lamppost has always been a favorite of my husband. We have a lamppost ornament for our tree and he gets to hang it. This was my first play with the set and I love it!


I used lots of new products on this card. The background paper and the DSP in the oval (I'm still loving the Stitched Shapes Framelits) are from the Christmas Around the World DSP. I think the key to this card is the little bit of So Saffron card stock in the light and the gold Foil Snowflake (the snowflakes might be my most favorite embellishment in the catalog). If you need any other info about the card, let me know. And just so you know, my husband really liked the card.

This card is part of my upcoming Christmas Card Club Class on September 12, at 10am and 7pm. For more info on the classes, check out my Facebook page or website.

Here are the other cards will be making in the class.




Thank you so much for visiting my blog!
Stay Crafty!

For more inspiration, click HERE or the arrow below to see what Anastasia has to share.





Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Holiday Catalog Swap Time

Hi Crafty Friends!

It's Holiday Catalog swap time!
There are lots of perks about being a Stampin' Up demo. One of them is that we can order from the new catalogs early. If you love craft supplies, you know how exciting it is to get new ones.
And we of course get a great discount on all our products. 
(And it's always a good time to join my team).

A fun thing that many demonstrators do is called a swap. It's a great way to get lots of different samples to share with our customers. Sometimes we swap at Stampin' Up events, and sometimes we swap by mail. I'm participating in a mail in swap focusing on the Holiday catalog. So I made 22 super cute cards and sent them off in the mail and next week I'll get 22 cards back in the mail.

Here is my swap, featuring the Merry Cafe stamp set that works with the Coffee Cup framelits from the annual catalog.


It's so sparkly and cheerful, right?
Let's talk about the sparkle first. I embossed with silver embossing powder, the word cheer. There is a silver snowflake, silver sequin trim, and rhinestones! So. Much. Sparkle. There is also some Real Red 1/8" Solid Ribbon. The Designer Series Paper is called Quilted Christmas (3" x 3" and backed with a piece of Real Red ( 3 1/8" x 3 1/8"). And I dry embossed the Whisper White card front ( 4' x 5 1/4") with the Softly Falling embossing folder. The card base is Garden Green.

For me, one of the more interesting things about swap cards is making multiples of the same card. So next is a little bit about how I did mine.

I stamped the cups and lids on half sheets of Whisper White card stock. Then I stamped and embossed them, then I cut out all of the pieces with my bigshot.

I have been having a few issues with my knee, so I assembled most of the parts and the cards while propping up and icing my knee. Mini Glue Dots were the adhesive of choice here.

Once I had all of the separate elements prepped, I was ready to make the cards.

It does look really cool as you start to build a pile of card elements.
Once they're all done, I pack them up and send them to the demo who is hosting the swap and then next week I'll get an envelope in the mail with the other participants cards. Check back here in a couple of weeks, maybe after Sept 8 and I'll update with a photo of the swaps I receive.

To finish up, here's a close up of the main decorative part.


Thanks so much for stopping by.
Stay Crafty!




Friday, August 25, 2017

Infinity Card, Stampin' Up Style with Video Tutorial

Hi Crafty Friends!

I have a very fun tutorial (with video) to share with you today. Let's make and infinity card!

We are making one of the infinity cards and 4 other fun cards at my Stampin' Fun class on Sunday August 27. (Pics way at the bottom of this post). 
I have a full schedule of classes posted on my website, or my Facebook page
I also offer all of my classes "to go." Priced either by the packet or free with a qualifying purchase through me or online with a host code. Contact me for more details.


I've made two cards to share with you. Both use the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.
Here's a video so you can get a "feel" of how awesome the cards are to play with.




Isn't it so cool? It's so cool you know you want to make one! Here's the how to video. 
Measurements and products used are posted after the video.





6 x 6 Infinity Card

4- 3" x 6" pieces of Basic Black card stock.
Score at 1 1/2" on each side on all 4 pieces.

DSP pieces:
8- 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"
8- 1 1/4" x 2 3/4"
8- 1 1/4" x 1 1/4"

Front squares:
Whisper White, 1 7/8" x 1 7/8"
Colored Card Stock, 2" x 2"

Whisper White for message writing, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
(in the video I stated this wrong, so use the written measurements)

Here are pictures of all 4 sides of each card:


Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, stamps sets, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, and Lot's of Love.


 Punches used here, Pretty Label and Classic Label, and 3/4" Circle.
I fussy cut the flower on the left panel.



Next version:


Pick a Pattern DSP, stamp sets, Happy Birthday Gorgeous (isn't cool how the set works for a feminine and a masculine card??) and Pieces & Patterns.


Mammoth and Dinosaur cut out from the DSP.



Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you make an infinity card and that you love them as much as I do. If you have questions or want to buy any of the supplies to make the card, please let me know. I will be super happy to help!

Here's the full class:




And to finish things off today, a very cute dog pic:


Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope it has been helpful and fun.
Stay Crafty!













Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fall Sampler Framed Art

Ahh...Fall, I love it! The cooler temperatures, the changing colors of the leaves, the back to school energy. Fall on the east coast is a truly lovely thing. And celebrating it with my paper crafting supplies makes it even better.

That's one of the great fun things about paper crafting, you can celebrate the seasons, any time! I mean, my last post was about Christmas cards (super fun!) and now I'm talking about Fall. And tomorrow, I might celebrate Summer...it's all good!

My Sampler Framed Art classes are going well. We meet once a month, usually the last Wednesday of the month to make the sampler for the next month. So, they're somewhat related to the upcoming month's season. Love a sampler a lot? Hang it or display it year round, that's what I'm going to do with my nautical one, I think it's going in the bathroom. 
Like change? Just swap out the sampler for a different one!

May I present to you....Fall!



Isn't it lovely? We're using the 9 x 9 Ribba shadow box frames from Ikea. They're $10 US. The shadow box feature allows the design of the sampler to have 3D elements, like the Boxwood Wreath (144176) on the door. It also allows for lots of Stampin' Deminsionals! I've used lots of new products from the new Holiday Catalog. Catalogs available for shopping on September 1 (and for Demos now!). Need a catalog or want to join my team, just ask.



The Hello Fall square uses the leaf die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, (seriously, you must buy this set!) the sentiment is from the Merry Cafe set, I've snipped it out a part of it. The knotty bit is three strands pulled from our Burlap Ribbon, tied in a knot and attached with a glue dot. The Designer Series Paper for the whole project is called Painted Autumn and it is amazing! The acorns are from the Painted Harvest stamp set, I fussy cut them out. I also used the Touches of Nature Elements and our Crushed Curry Baker's Twine.


Here we have stamps and dies from the At Home With You Bundle. And a little tiny strip of our Wood Textures DSP for the floor.


I've die cut (Large Letters Framelits) out the letter from the DSP that is used for the base layer. I attached the DSP M (use you initial of course) to another M die cut out of a piece of thin chip board that comes in the DSP packs. That just added dimension, and I used Dimensionals too.


The sunflower square might be my favorite! It's from the Painted Harvest stamp set with the coordinating Leaf Punch. I used Crushed Curry ink, stamped off once for the first layer and then full strength for the second layer. And Early Espresso for the center of the flower. The leaves are done the same way in Garden Green and punched out with the Leaf Punch.


I've used several layouts for the samplers. This is the 5th one we've done in class (I've used this basic layout on two of the previous samplers). You can see earlier blog posts for information on the others. This sampler's basic layout measurements are:

9" x 9" DSP base (I actually cut out the center of this piece to use for later).
8 1/8" x 8 1/8' Early Espresso
8" x 8" Crushed Curry
The Very Vanilla and DSP squares are 2" x 2" and the big square is 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Early Espresso 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" and 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" backs the "working" pieces

Here's a picture of the sampler with no frame.


And here it is sitting pretty on my sideboard.


The class costs $30 with the frame and $20 for no frame. Class on the 23rd is full, but I can add your name to the wait list or if there's enough interest, I can add another class. 
I can also do a Private Class if you'd like to make this with your friends and family. 
This can be done at your place or mine.

As always, I am here to help you with your crafty needs!
Stay Crafty!
Audra

Contact me by email: audramonk@yahoo.com
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

ICS Blog Hop, Carols of Christmas





Hi Crafty Friends!
It's the first Wednesday of the month and I am sharing creative inspiration with the ICS team.

 Our theme this month is Knotty Ways featuring Christmas projects. (Is is naughty to like Christmas crafting and ribbon so much?)  There is an early release this month of the Carols of Christmas bundle from Stampin' Up. It's always a good idea to start early on our Christmas projects. 
So we thought we'd provide you with some inspiration.


I just love the Carols of Christmas stamp set and thinlits bundle. It was available in July for demonstrators AND now that it is August, anyone can buy it. My card today is a peaceful night time scene. It features the new 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon in Night of Navy. 
The ribbon is just so soft and lovely.

Here's a quick video with tips on how to assemble the card and ideas about what adhesives to use.




And just in case you'd like a closer picture, here's a close up of the ribbon.


Scroll on for more samples using the Carols of Christmas bundle!
We'll be using it for two of the cards at my monthly Christmas Card class on August 8.  
Here's a look at the projects we're making.

Aren't they lovely!

Bits of ribbon AND embossing!
This is the 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon.

This cheerful card features the 1/4"Double Stitched Ribbon.
And stamps from the Merry Mistletoe set from the annual catalog.

No ribbon here! But it's cute none the less.
It's so cool how you can use the positives and negatives from the dies.

For more Christmas inspiration, click HERE or the arrow below to see what Tammy has to share.


Thanks so much for stopping by. I love sharing with you. 
If you would like to purchase the new Carols of Christmas set, click the shop button or head over to my website, audramonk.stampinup.net.

Stay Crafty!
Audra
The Crafty Yogi